Welp, this is the final edition of Pick Your Poison for the week. The site will be dormant for the next few days in celebration/observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The good news is that we’re right around the corner from Listmas 2015, which features the annual countdowns of my favorite songs and albums of the year. Seeing as how incredible 2015 has been for music, I’m excited to share with you the best of the best. In fact, I’ll be using the few days off to finalize my lsts, so that should be fun. Also fun? Today’s pre-Thanksgiving edition of Pick Your Poison. There are some quality downloads in this set from Alnilam, The Hudson Branch, LI-ON GREVIER and LNDN DRGS. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Dan San, FAIRCHILD, HONNE, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders (covering Dire Straits), Max D, Mothers and yndi halda. All my best to you and yours if you’re celebrating this weekend!
Happy Taco Tuesday to you and yours. Be sure to check out some of the spicy flavor combos contained within today’s Pick Your Poison, including downloads from Adir L.C., Braves, Castlecomer, Jack the Radio and REIGHNBEAU. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Dear Boy (covering The Psychedelic Furs), Harriet, Joanne Robertson, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, She-Devils, SOPHIE, WALL, White Denim (covering Kenny Rogers) and Wild Nothing.
Ah, Thanksgiving week. Time to break out the stretchy pants and the good silverware, because one massive meal is on the way. Always nice to get together with family and celebrate America’s favorite pastime, otherwise known as eating. Before all that though, we’ve got a few days and a few editions of Pick Your Poison to go. You’ll not want to miss downloads in this set from Chris Storrow, Jake Bosci, Kamasi Washington and Wonky Tonk. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Arcs, Atlas Genius (covering The Weeknd), DAWN (covering Adele), DIIV, Eric Copeland, Freddie Gibbs (ft. Gucci Mane & E-40), Idiot gflee, My Gold Mask and YACHT.
Trouble’s a-brewin’ here in the Chicagoland area. Specifically, weather trouble. While we’re technically no strangers to November snow, and I can even recall some light dustings in past years on Halloween, apparently what’s headed Chicago’s way this weekend is a bit of a monstrosity. The meteorologists are suggesting snow totals could range anywhere from 4-16 inches depending on location. In other words, it’s not going to be fun. If you don’t hear from me on Monday, maybe call someone to check snowdrifts for my body. Weather incidents aside, let’s shovel out some fresh new music for the final Pick Your Poison this week. There are some quality downloads in this set from Cold Air, Danny L Harle, Frank Rabeyrolles and The Head. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Anna Meredith, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Florist, Marrow, Pete Astor, Pimp C (ft. Juicy J & Nas), Rangda, Tunji Ige and a Run the Jewels remix of a Miike Snow track.
As far as this mid-week Pick Your Poison goes, this is another good one. You’ll not want to miss quality downloads in this set from Blankus Larry, Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift/Ramona Lisa), Lyke Giants and The Quarantined. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Emily Yacina, Future Elevators, Junior Boys, Lotic, Neon Bunny, Rob Crow (of Pinback), Sarah Neufeld (of Arcade Fire) and Thundercat.
Ah, it’s Tuesday. You’ve got things to do, I’ve got things to do, so let’s jump right into today’s Pick Your Poison, shall we? There are some quality downloads you won’t want to miss in this set from Jackson Breit, The Migrant, Monster Jaw and Sea Caves. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Abra, Beacon, The Blue Jean Committee (Fred Armisen & Bill Hader), Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Elohim, Idiot Glee, Nap Eyes, School of Seven Bells and Zora Jones.
Paris, je t’aime. It’s always so upsetting to hear about any act of terrorism, and what took place last Friday was no different. That it involved one of the world’s great cities (Paris) and a pretty great band (Eagles of Death Metal) really heightened the impact for me. All of my love to the victims of this senseless violence and their families. In times of great tragedy and sadness, music can play an important role in the grieving process. I’m not sure if anything in today’s Pick Your Poison will specifically help, but it’s worth a shot. There are some strong downloads in this set from Double Lined Minority, Violent Mae, Young Thug and (Z). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Allie X, BASECAMP, Beverly, The Big Pink, Cassie Ramone, Chrome Sparks, DAWN, Radiation City and Your Friend.
We’re in a period of the year that I like to call the doldrums of fall. It’s that time when it’s cold, wet and dark outside a majority of the time, and there’s very little to look forward to outside of holidays that are still weeks away. At least the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a full month of shopping, egg nog and themed parties to attend. The gap between Halloween and Thanksgiving though is a lull, and nearly on par with late January/early February in terms of excitement factor. To put it another way, I’m a little bored and run down. But the great news is that there’s still plenty of new music being pumped out into the world, not to mention plenty of things to review from earlier in the year as “best of” list-making season is right around the corner. So let’s take this moment to pause and reflect before jumping into this fresh edition of Pick Your Poison. Don’t miss downloads from Addie Pray, Deap Valley, DiamondDahi, Germany Germany and Via App. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Atmosphere (ft. Blueprint & Aesop Rock), Freddie Gibbs (ft. Black Thought), Memoryy, Oneohtrix Point Never, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Sunflower Bean, Wet, World Champion and much more.
Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all of the men and women past and present who have graciously served our country. That service has helped guarantee certain freedoms here in the United States, and Pick Your Poison is among them. There’s another good selection of tracks today, and you shouldn’t miss ones from Benjamin Esterlis, Freja, Husky Rescue, I Am Snow Angel and Krisp. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Bibio, Future, Jazz Cartier, Keys N Krates, Pujol, The She’s, Ski Lodge, Tindersticks and more.
The Tuesday edition of Pick Your Poison has plenty of treats for your ears. Specifically, I’d advise checking out downloads from Aaron Lee Tasjan, Le Rug, Movement and Pollen. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Erykah Badu, High Highs, John Malkovich, Lil Durk (ft. Dej Loaf), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Rare Monk, St. Tropez, SWMRS and more.
Just came to the realization that there aren’t many week of Pick Your Poison left in 2015. In fact, for much of December the number of fresh PYP posts will be reduced down from most days each week to just one or two days each week to account for less new music being released and more focus on year-end list-making season. We’re getting close! So I guess what I’m trying to say is, enjoy these while they last. In today’s set for example, there are some high quality downloads from Freefall Greenhorn, Frend (ft. Drew Smith), Nina Las Vegas (ft. Snappy Jit) and Ringo Deathstarr (covering T’Pau). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from AKASE (covering The War on Drugs), Damon Eliza Palermo, Daniel Caesar, Frankie Cosmos, Hinds, jj, Palm, WDL (ft. Elliphant) and more.
The final Pick Your Poison for this week is another solid collection of tracks. Keep a particular eye (or ear) out for downloads from Frank Rabeyrolles, Moa Holmsten, Space Captain and Tuff Sunshine. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from BASECAMP (ft. Del the Funky Homosapien & Billie Black), The Duchess and the Fox, Ellie Herring, FEMME, Jesse Hale Moore, Santigold (ft. B.C.), Ty Dolla $ign (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy and James Fauntleroy) and more!
There are so many great songs in this mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison, I just want to dive right in without hesitation. Don’t miss downloads from Jennifer Budd, Postcards From Jeff, Raiders of the Lost Art and Velasco. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Club 8, Cool Uncle (ft. Mayer Hawthorne), DIIV, Jlin, Little Simz, Pimp C (ft. Lil Wayne), Rustie, Syracuse and Wet.
The time change over the weekend has really been messing with my head these last couple of days. Walking outside at 5pm now suddenly showcases the final remnants of dusk, and I can’t help but think it’s much later no matter what the clock says. There’s a certain sense of disappointment that comes from losing the sun so early I think, even though I’m not a “day person” by any stretch of the imagination. It’s only going to get worse too leading to the Winter Solstice on December 21st, the day with the least amount of sunlight. Of course we’ll all probably be used to the darkness by then, our spirits also brightened by elaborate holiday decorations. Today’s Pick Your Poison does at least give me a much-needed boost of energy and positivity, and I hope it does the same for you. Don’t miss downloads from Forever, French For Rabbits, The Harrow and Lazy Legs. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Aquilo, Blanck Mass, Dawit Eklund, Dream Koala, Drew Howard & Birthday Boy, exmagician, Little May (covering Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Nevermen and more!
Welcome to November! Hope your Halloween was great, naturally. I attended a costume party, as is tradition, and went the lazy route by dressing as an identity thief. It essentially involved wearing a bunch of “Hello, my name is…” stickers all over my body. It was a good time. If you want to share your Halloween costume or story, feel free to do so in the comments. In the meantime let’s get right into today’s Pick Your Poison. There are some quality downloads in this set from ET Anderson, Germany Germany, Posthuman and Winter. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Choir of Young Believers, Lizzo, The Lone Bellow, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Party Nails, Rustie, Seth Bogart (ft. Kathleen Hanna), Steve Angello (ft. The Presets) and more!